Congressional GOP candidate Dean Andal has gotten caught up in a story out of Tracy reported today by my Tri-Valley Herald colleague Mike Martinez.
According to Martinez’ story, the “San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and violated open government laws by discussing closed-session matters outside its meetings, charges a San Joaquin County civil grand jury report released Wednesday morning.” (Click here to read the grand jury report.)
The seven-page report found the board made decisions that have “caused serious problems” and that trustees were “ill-prepared” to handle the Measure L funds, a $250 million school bond approved by San Joaquin County voters in 2004.
Andal’s involvement came as a consultant to PCCP Mountain House, LLC, a group led by Sacramento developer Gerry Kamilos. The company was in discussions with San Joaquin Delta College to provide the college with $14 million for infrastructure as the landowner and the college developed their respective properties in Mountain House, a master-planned community near Tracy.
At a closed-session meeting held by the board on Feb. 9, 2006, Martinez wrote, “the college’s attorney and administrative team said a developer would be missing the deadline for delivery of letters of credit, resulting in a breach of contract. The board then discussed the possibility of returning to a deal.”
Martinez reports that the grand jury reported stated that the day after the “closed-session meeting (with Delta College board members), phone calls and a faxed letter indicated that one or more board members had relayed confidential information about the ‘breach of contract’ discussion to the developer and his consultant, Dean Andal, the Republican nominee for the 11th Congressional District seat in November.”
Andal was out of town and unavailable for comment, Martinez reported.
Andal is the Republican nominee in Congressional District 11 and will face incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the Nov. 4 general election.